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Trailer Watch: Brit Marling and Ellen Page Lead All-Star Cast in Sundance Spy Thriller 'The East'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 26, 2013 at 1:08PM

Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling team up for the second time in the espionage thriller "The East," which stars Marling, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Skarsgard. The pair previously collaborated on the screenplay for Batmanglij's debut film "Sound of My Voice," in which Marling also starred as a bewitching cult leader.
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Ellen Page and Brit Marling in 'The East.'
Ellen Page and Brit Marling in 'The East.'

Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling team up for the second time in the espionage thriller "The East," which stars Marling, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Skarsgard. The pair previously collaborated on the screenplay for Batmanglij's debut film "Sound of My Voice," in which Marling also starred as a bewitching cult leader. Fox Searchlight picked up that film (along with Marling's "Another Earth") and also backed "The East."

This time around, Marling plays an elite intelligence operative who goes undercover to blow the whistle on a group of anarchists. But like the undercover journalist in "Sound of My Voice," her character becomes increasingly entwined in a world whose dogma contradicts her own.

Critics at Sundance 2013 were divided about the film, which premiered at the festival and later closed SXSW (read The Playlist's review). Watch the new trailer below.


This article is related to: The East, Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling, Ellen Page, Sundance Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.